Monday, August 20, 2012
Unique opportunity for emerging writers to get published
“Jill Marshall is an author, has been published (by several publishers), has self-published and is now a publisher herself. She is also trained to train people. I can't think of a better person to give me a crash course in the publishing industry. Or to help me steer my course as a newly published author.” ̶ Karen Pearson, Pear Jam author and copywriter
First there was traditional publishing; then there was self-publishing; now there is a new way to get published thanks to newcomer Jill Marshall Publishing.
Jill Marshall Publishing offers a unique coaching and development package – a middle ground between traditional and self-publishing – that paves the way for emerging writers. Designed to develop writers’ skills, it also upskills them in every aspect of the publishing business during an intensive six month publication programme and then offers them the chance to get their work published under the Pear Jam Books imprint.
The face behind Jill Marshall Publishing is internationally bestselling writer, coach, editor and publisher, Jill Marshall. With a passion for writing and many years of experience in training and development, Marshall saw an opportunity to help writers get published and find a readership, all without having to resort to self-publishing or ‘queuing’ outside the doors of a traditional publishing house.
As Marshall says, “After 25 years as a trainer and coach including eight years as a writing specialist, 12 years as an author of fiction for children and adults published by three of the big six book publishers, and now as the publisher of Pear Jam Books, I’ve seen and been part of the publishing industry from every which way. Throughout that time, I’ve grown from just wanting to get my own writing ‘out there’, to wanting to help other great writers get their books out to an active and hungry readership.”
Marshall confesses to having written “several terrible books” before achieving success with her bestselling series Jane Blonde, which has now sold in some 22 countries and been translated in to more than ten languages. Her experience, underpinned with a Masters degree in Writing for Children and a career in human resources, training and people development, provide her a distinctive set of skills needed to help new writers avoid the frustrations and pitfalls that block many from achieving publishing success.
Marshall maintains quality control by selecting her writers carefully, accepting only 15 new intakes to her programme every three months. Her vast experience ensures that the authors she chooses to undertake her programme reinforce the strength of the Pear Jam Books, the brand through which chosen books are promoted. Pear Jam take a small commission – the equivalent of an author royalty of around 20% – and only in the first year of sales, with future profits going to the writer. This not only demonstrates Marshall’s confidence in the training focus of her programme but ultimately, the success of the writers she publishes. Publishing programme information is available at www.writegoodstuff.co.
Once accepted by Jill Marshall on to her innovative Publishing Coaching Programme, a writer’s work is taken from draft manuscript to finished book via a team of resident experts, who are on hand to guide new writers through the editing, design, marketing and promotional challenges of having their work published. On publication, writers’ books are made available in both e-book and traditional print book formats; distribution is through regular book and online retailers.
Jill Marshall Publishing has taken a stand at the annual Storylines Auckland Family Day and will be launching Kiss by Stephanie Stead and Cheryl Rowe there at 12.30pm and Tales of Old Shaky by Janette D. Moleta and Christine Hannah Grace at 1pm; both take place in the Storylines Book Launch area. Jill Marshall will also be talking about the world of publishing at the Pear Jam stand between 2.30 and promoting the new Coaching and Partner Publishing Programme for new Pear Jam authors.